Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.
As a self-proclaimed nerd, I felt that this book spoke to me. It provides practical advise dressed up in nerdy concepts (leveling up, character sheets etc.) which makes it fun to look at the grind.
I have a child with Aspergers and I am going to use this book as the basis for a social and life skills curriculum for her. The humor in this book will keep most nerd teens engaged as they pick up valuable info. I listened with headphones on while cleaning my house, and almost scared my wife with my cackling when the author suddenly told his brain to "f--k off!" Way to go, Chris.
I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book. As usual Chris' delivery is funny and heartfelt, and you know he believes what he writes. There aren't a lot of new ideas presented here for self help, but new ways of tuning proven methods to fit the nerd community and our way of thinking.
The one thing I will say is that for fans of Chris' other work, it's a little strange hearing him fully following a written piece, it almost felt limiting.
Highly recommended for any Hardwick fans or geeks in general who could use a little how-to on improving their lives.
Calm down, dude! There are a few genuinely useful life hacks in here, but having this shrill stage-level performance in my earphones made them hard to digest. Pretty obnoxious tenor throughout. Also, web addresses, email headers, and math formulae really don't work as spoken word, like at all. Tedious.
A conversational version of Chris Hardwick.
I particularly liked Chris' candor about his alcoholism and how getting sober changed his life.
I only got part way through because of the cursing. The material was good, but I decided not too finish as there are plenty of other good books without all the cursing. A small amount and in context is fine, but Chris unfortunately used it far too frequently throughout the book and it didn't lighten up.
loved hearing Hardwick read his own book but as there are many points where visuals were necessary i will need to get the real world book to access the information. overall it was amusing and though i am sure Hardwick would cringe at this ~ inspiring or motivating.
I absolutely enjoyed the beginning third and the last little bit. There was a very long stretch in the middle with basic workout and health concepts that I skipped through...despite the hilarious quips the author makes. I laughed out loud numerous times and could easily relate to the Nerdist concepts. The ideas for implementing gaming in your life were great. We need an app for that...a customizable game-your-life app!
I listen to this over and over when I need a lift. Chris's high energy rubs off on me and his ideas filp over and over in my head. Chris uses catchy phrases like "lizard almonds" which refers to ancient fear inducing nodules in the brain. And just calling them that somehow does help knock them down to a more manageable size when those nodules are kicking me all over the map, wreaking havoc with my stress levels and anxiety. He tells a first person journey of someone who's been through rough mental times that is very relatable, and shares his unique frame of reference and techniques he used to wiggle out of being a slave to lesser urges, lesser thoughts and lesser behaviors. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Even enjoyed the rant about his super upbeat personal trainer, which would normally make me want to put my fist through a wall. All very fun and enlightening. I really appreciate that Chris shared his story and ideas in this way.
Honest, direct, and full of nerdisms to connect and inspire just about everyone. The Nerdist Way is a book that belongs in the realm of "How to Win Friends and Influence People."